NCCA opens cultural grants for 2015

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Friday, August 8, 2014


THE National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has sounded the call for submission of project proposals for competitive grants in 2015.

The grants encourage cultural and art groups, academic institutions, local arts organizations and non-government organizations involved in culture and arts to submit and beat the deadline by August 31, 2014.

An NCCA team composed of Charles Salazar of the Subcommission on Cultural Heritage, Reinerio Alba of the Subcommission on Cultural Dissemination and Nino Selibio on Subcommission on the Arts visited Iloilo City on August 8, 2014.

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The team revealed the agency’s main function in the preservation, development and promotion of Philippine arts and culture and to administer the National Endowment Fund for culture and the arts.

Financial assistance ranges from P50,000 to P1 million per approved project.

Interested individuals and groups interested with the NCCA assistance grants may submit their proposal to avail of the P5 million fund of approved projects in each 19 committees.

Western Visayas was given readily access to the grants through culture and arts as the region has very high incidence of poverty and calamities. Salazar admitted that the focus now is at the Guimaras aeta community in sitio Cati-cati, Jordan, Guimaras and other calamity-stricken areas.

The region has no regional office yet but there are volunteer individuals acting as coordinator of NCCA. These are Pilar Mejica, Annie Sartorio, PG Zoluaga and Fe Batiloy, among others.

Iloilo province has many national cultural heritage treasures. Among these are the churches of Miagao, San Joaquin and Sta Barbara and the Pan-ay church in Panay, Capiz.

The Iloilo City Calle Real or central business district of the city was declared a heritage site and national treasure on August 8 by the National Historical Commission with an unveiling of a marker in front of the recently rehabilitated old Villanueva building. (Lydia C. Pendon)

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